Syllabus Project

Course syllabi contain important information about the courses instructors teach. These documents provide a record of instructional objectives, methods, assessments, and policies for each class taught at the University.

For accreditation and assessment purposes, it is important that UA administration has access to key information contained in the syllabus. Departments are required to keep hard or electronic copies of syllabi, but it is not efficient to access these records from multiple departments when there is a regulatory request. Personnel from the Office of Instruction and Assessment (OIA) and University Information and Technology Services (UITS) are piloting a project to have instructors submit their full course syllabus or an abbreviated Course Outline via D2L so that the most important information, from a compliance and assessment perspective, can be obtained seamlessly via UAccess.

Federal policy mandates that students have access to the instructional policies and requirements for classes prior to registration. This project will also allow students to view the course syllabus/outline from the most recent course administration at the time that they are registering for courses, allowing them to make more informed decisions in advance of registration.

Suggested Syllabus for Fall 2020

The Teaching Re-entry group and an advisory group of faculty members has finalized a set of language recommendations for Fall 2020 syllabi. These are not policy requirements, but recommendations for communicating with students about the complexities of teaching and learning that will make this semester unique. The recommendations are organized by teaching modality, and can be found at the following link.

Download the Suggested Syllabus Language for Fall 2020 Classes


Upload Your Syllabus/Course Outline

Instructors may find it easier to upload the complete course syllabus. However, if they do not wish to share the entire document, they can simply paste the text into the Course Outline template and use the D2L Directions to upload and publish it to the syllabus repository.

For questions, please contact Lisa Elfring (